Delhi, Sept 9: Shockingly, it is found that Hundreds of candidates from Madhya Pradesh passed the open school examination without appearing for it.
In the wake of irregularities found in the examinations, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has written to the HRD Ministry demanding an investigation by “vigilance agencies”.
NIOS chairman Chandra B Sharma told Indian Express that on August 22 he recommended a detailed investigation by the Centre into the serious irregularities found across three NIOS examination centers in Madhya Pradesh — Ratlam, Umaria, and Sehore.
When enquired if he had sought a CBI investigation, Sharma expressed that “I do not want to name the vigilance agency at this moment.” Sources in the HRD Ministry confirmed the receipt of Sharma’s letter. “The government is seized of the matter. It is being looked into,” said a ministry source on the condition of anonymity.
The NIOS, an autonomous institution that works under the HRD Ministry, is the largest Open School Board in the world. More than two lakh candidates appeared for the secondary and senior secondary-level examination held in March-April this year.
The Board had formed a three-member inquiry committee in the last week of June to examine the complaints of irregularities from Madhya Pradesh, a state that was rocked by allegations of corruption in the Vyapam exam. Simultaneously, NIOS also withdrew the results of over 1,000 students who were suspected to have skipped the exam in the state.
“We wanted a fair inquiry, which is why the committee members were not from within the NIOS system. They submitted their findings of 20 days ago, based on which I have recommended a proper investigation,” said Sharma.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) conducted a press conference on the issue in Bhopal on Friday. The party alleged that as many as 1,200 candidates from the state were absent on the day of the exam, and yet they were declared as passed.
Party leaders also shared the attendance sheet of candidates who were enrolled at the NIOS centres in Ratlam, Umaria and Sehore to prove that a majority of examinees did not appear for the exam.
As per the documents shared by AAP’s state convenor Alok Agarwal, out of the 693 candidates who were supposed to sit for the exam in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sagod, only 19 appeared. Yet, when the results were declared, everybody was shown as having passed.
Similarly, 351 candidates meant to take the exam at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Sehore, and 175 candidates at Navodaya Vidyalaya, Umaria, were absent but declared passed.